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The Aeronauts

2019 | 1h 41m | Action/Adventure, Drama, Biography, Historical/Period

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Plucky pilot Amelia Wren and irritable scientist James Glaisher set out to beat the world flight altitude record in a hot air balloon. Along the way they must come to terms with adverse weather conditions, ghosts from their past, and each other.

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What we think

It’s worth it alone for the film’s quieter moments, where everything but the extraordinary view seems to die away and The Aeronauts suddenly feels like pure cinema.
★★★☆☆ | Read in full: The Aeronauts movie review Tom Barnard We Love Cinema

What others think

Some tremendous effects and sweet-natured romantic imaginings lift this Victorian ballooning adventure – as Mary Poppins might have put it – up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear.
Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
While the spectacle of the balloon journey itself is impressive enough, a sense of genuine peril arrives very late in the day – and even when it does, it’s not enough to make up for an uninspired script in which a key plot point is Glaisher neglecting to pack a suitable coat for the expedition.
Hannah Woodhead Little White Lies
The Aeronauts throws historical accuracy to the wind, but at least does justice to the thrill of early flight, using new technology to enhance an old-fashioned survival story.
Eric Kohn IndieWire
The effects-heavy two-hander that ensues – complete with a lead who looks to the empty cosmos as a balm for grief – feels like a rickety Victorian retread of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.
Matthew Taylor Sight & Sound

'The Aeronauts' Movie details

Director

Tom Harper

Stars

Felicity Jones Eddie Redmayne Himesh Patel Anne Reid Tim McInnerny

Release date

04 Nov 2019
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